‘I just see Messi with a right foot’ – Martinez compares Grealish to Barcelona star

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Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez sees resemblance between Jack Grealish and Lionel Messi.


The 25 year old, Grealish, has emerged as one of England’s most jolting talents with an outstanding 2020/21 campaign for the Lions.

Former Arsenal keeper Martinez has trained with Messi on international obligation for Argentina – and insists Grealish reminds him of the six-time Ballon d’Or Champ.

“He [Grealish] is the most talented player I’ve ever seen,” Martinez said ahead of Aston Villa’s trip to Brighton this Saturday – live on talkSPORT 2.

“He never gives the ball away. When I see Grealish running, it’s always a shot on target or a corner for us. He will drive past two or three players.

“I just see Messi with a right foot when he has the ball. You can’t get the ball off him.

“He’s the most talented English player and I’m surprised he hasn’t played more games for England.

“Messi is Messi, he’s the best ever. But in terms of training, when Jack has the ball, people don’t want to tackle him, they respect him, he can finish, he can chop, he can do everything.

“When I train with Messi for the national team, it’s the same. Nobody wants to touch him, he chops people, he treats players like cones.

“I see that with Jack here.” man


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